The Polar Pillow is a genius invention that kind of leaves me speechless. Not because I have nothing to say on the topic. I have a ton to say. But it's such a unique product that I'm not even sure where to start.
The Polar Pillow is made up of two parts (it's complicated for a pillow). The pillow part is made up of air beads, kind of like what is in a therapy pillow or those Sobakawa pillows you see on tv. They are the pillows that are super squishy and don't have a ton of real support but are super comfy anyway. Think of it as a finely milled bean bag that manages to be comfortable to sleep on. The second part is an endothermic gel pad that is attached to the pillow in the blue layer. This gel is what gives the pillow the cool sensation. When your body makes contact with the pillow, it gets cold to the touch in ten seconds or less, and stays cold for a long time. I think officially, the gel can stay cold for up to two hours. I always fall asleep within 45 minutes, so I can't really rate the two hour part. I know when I wake up in the middle of the night, it's room temperature - not hot or cold.
(The blue is the gel, the white is the air beads.)
The unique gel layer somehow (I'll say magically, because I like the idea of a magical pillow) magically can re-cool itself just by being exposed to air and cools down again in 20 minutes. You don't have to put it in the fridge or anything. You just have to avoid putting anything on top of it and, like magic, it works again in 20 minutes.
It's a good thing you don't have to put it in the fridge, because it weighs FIFTEEN pounds. It's probably zero pounds of air beads that squirm on their own like an unhappy kitten and fifteen pounds of endothermic gel, which slides around like a liquid-filled pillow would be expected to slide around. It's not the easiest thing to move around, willy nilly. You can't really flip the pillow in the middle of the night without an effort, because it's fifteen pounds. However, you won't want to, because it's comfy and might still be cold.
(My regular pillow thickness vs. the Polar Pillow.)
I prefer to put it on top of another pillow, off of which it sometimes slides. I don't care, because I need the extra height. This pillow is definitely on the flat side on its own. I also sleep with one arm under the pillow, bunching it up under my head, which means if I wake up hours after falling asleep, I still have the other, untouched side of the pillow to roll to. So you can't flip it, but you won't want to.
(The pillow, folded over by it's own weight.)
I tried to use a thermometer to find out how cold this pillow actually gets. But since it magically needs your body to make contact with it to bring the cold, none of my scientific methods actually worked. But the company, who made the magic, says that it gets about THIRTY degrees colder than body temperature and that seems about right to me. This pillow is cold. If you are bald, you might want to use a thicker pillow case, like a flannel, which would probably be a glorious combo of chilly and warm. Or if you really want cold, go for a satin pillow case. That is definitely my preference.
So is this $100 pillow for you? If you are a constant pillow flipper looking for the cold side, this might be for you. If you tend to sweat at night from warm nights, menopause or just because, this might be for you. If you want a super supportive, firm pillow, this probably isn't for you. If the idea of a non-traditional pillow doesn't intrigue you, this isn't for you. But if you are game to experiment with a cold pillow that truly works (despite weighing 15 pounds), then this is definitely something to consider.
(My cat loves it.)
I've had mine for a little over a week now and I've been sleeping on it every night and am loving it. It definitely takes an open mind and a little time to adjust to, but the coldness is fantastic. It's also great to use when you have a headache or when sinus pressure gets to be too much, you can flip the pillow and the fifteen pounds of cold feels lovely on your face. You do have to bunch the pillow or the cool gel will all fall out to either side of your face. It takes some experimenting, but it totally worth it!
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